Phil Galfond Bags a Bracelet

Phil Galfond Bags a Bracelet

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

He may be somewhat less visible in the poker world than he once was (mainly through his own choosing), but Phil Galfond still knows how to mix it with the best in world.

Still known as a force to be reckoned within the online arena, Galfond also proved that he hasn't lost his touch at the physical felt either last night.

After lining up alongside some of the best 2-7 No Limit Single Draw pros in the world on Saturday (76 to be precise), Galfond finally emerged victorious last night after defeating Nick Schulman heads-up. The $10,000 event is known as one of the more niche contests at the WSOP and a quick glance through the top ten certainly shows that.

Joining Galfond on last night's final table were the likes of Erik Seidel, Eli Elezra, Dan Smith and the UK's Adam Owen. However, despite the talent surrounding him, Galfond was able to plough through the field using a mixture of No Limit aggression and mixed game finesse.

However, by the time the waves had parted and only Schulman stood in his way, Galfond found himself with a 3:1 chip deficit against a two-time champion of the event. Galfond is a man of strong resolve and used a "do or die" strategy to claw his way back into contention.

Realising that future moves have no bearing on the dynamics of a tournament, Galfond went for broke on every hand and eventually edged into the lead midway through the match. With Schulman now on the ropes, Galfond applied the pressure until his eight-low was enough to beat Schulman's busted nine-low.

After raking in the remainder of his opponent's chips and collecting his $224,383 top prize he told reporters that it felt good to win his second bracelet against such as tough field.

"It means a lot — especially in a field this tough and at a table this tough. I have a ton of respect for all my opponents. It's been seven years since I won a bracelet. I'm very happy," said Galfond.

WSOP Event #29 $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship Result:

1. Phil Galfond - $224,383
2. Nick Schulman - $138,665
3. Dan Smith - $87,898
4. Erik Seidel - $59,532
5. Jon Turner - $42,298
6. Eli Elezra - $31,463

Tags: WSOP 2015, Phil Galfond